Shot of Beauty


Here’s the products YOU brought into my life
February 15, 2013, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Nails, Skin care | Tags: , , , , , ,

I’ve always loved reading a good glossy mag to find out what’s hot in the big wide beauty world, but everyone knows the quickest route to the crème de la crème of cosmetics is via the blogosphere.

Thanks to you lovely beauty bloggers, I have seen so many amazing products lately for Spring/Summer 2013. So, to acknowledge these great finds (and fab bloggers!), I have dedicated today’s post to the products YOU introduced me to in your blog posts. As this post could potentially go on forever, I have given myself the tremendously tricky task of picking just five must-have beauty essentials. Enjoy!

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What’s the product? Daniel Sandler Dual Action Make-Up Remover
Who featured it? Sheenie Shaikh, Just Nice Things

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Picture credit: danielsandler.com

For years, I used face wipes to remove my make-up, but a few months ago I decided that enough was enough – I was spending so much money too often on a product that did nothing spectacular for my skin. So I decided to move on to a thinner liquid make-up remover and buy cotton wool pads to go along with it, and it has been so much better for my skin. That’s why I am excited about this perfect potential purchase – a dual make-up remover from the highly-acclaimed Daniel Sandler. What’s not to love?

The 120ml bottle costs £15.

Read Sheenie’s full product review here.

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What’s the product? Bumble and Bumble Deep Conditioner
Who featured it? Adrienne, The Sunday Girl

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Picture credit: bumbleandbumble.com

I’m always sceptical when it comes to deep conditioners – in the past I have been a sucker for marketing hype and haven’t seen a return on the majority of my hair care investments. However, because Adrienne has thick hair like me, I really trust that this product could be one to beat.

Plus, I have heard amazing things about Bumble and Bumble, but am ashamed to admit I have never tried anything! So I think you’ll find that’s at least two good reasons why I need this product in my life.

The full-size bottle (150ml) costs £21.50, but there’s a smaller version (50ml) for £9.50.

Read The Sunday Girl’s full review here.

THREE
What’s the product? KIKO Glamorous Eye Pencil
Who featured it? Grace, All that Slap

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Picture credit: kikocosmetics.com

Not only do I love a high-quality, pigmented eye pencil, but also I adore midnight blue. That’s why I completely fell in love with Kiko Cosmetics’ Glamorous Eye Pencils when I saw them on Grace’s blog last week. Retailing at only £4.90 each, these pencils are a really beautiful bargain.

Read Grace’s full review here.

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What’s the product? Maybelline Baby Lips
Who featured it? Jane, British Beauty Blogger

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Jane is always at the top of her game when it comes to what’s new and worth buying. One of the most exciting products I have seen on her blog lately is Maybelline Baby Lips. Originally from the US, Baby Lips is now going to be launched in the UK (much to many beauty bloggers’ delight). It’s available in several shades, has a sun protection factor of 20, and is said to provide 8 hours of moisture and rejuvenation.

See where I discovered this range here on Jane’s blog.

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What’s the product? Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder
Who featured it? Amelia Liana, Liana Beauty

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Picture credit: bobbibrown.co.uk

If I had to pick one product that screams Spring/Summer, it would be this uber pretty Bobbi Brown brightening powder. Formulated with mulberry, grape and brightening plant extracts, the powder illuminates the skin while also maintaining a natural effect.

At £40, it is quite expensive, but the fact that it’s so special kind of justifies the cost.

You can check out Amelia’s full post here.

Do you have any of these products already? What do you think of them? xxx

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FOTD: Natural eyes, siren lips
February 12, 2013, 10:12 am
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Today I have gone for a natural look with matte-effect ruby lips. Here’s what I used…

Skin care (all Skinceuticals)
Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel
Blemish + Age Defense Solution
Retexturing Activator
Hydrating B5
C E Ferulic
Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50

Face
Concealer:
Benefit Erase Paste in 1 Fair
Foundation:
Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Cream Foundation in 02 Beige Clair
Powder:
Benefit Hello Flawless Cover Up SPF 20 in Champagne – Me Vain?
Bronzer:
Topshop Bronzer in Radiance
Blusher:
Chanel Joues Contraste Poweder Blush in 64 Pink Explosion

Eyes
Guerlain Maxi Lash in Noir

Lips
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 715 Ruby Tuesday
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Natural Mint & Shea Butter



Lipstick Lust List
February 10, 2013, 7:48 pm
Filed under: Lips, Make-up | Tags: , , ,

Valentine’s day is around the corner, which means one thing – it’s time to pucker up and perfect that pout. So, in the name of love and beauty inspiration, here’s five lipsticks I am lusting over at the moment…

1/Illamasqua I’mperfection Lipstick in Immodest (£16)

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Powerful and pigmented

The closest I’mperfection can get to perfection – this highly-pigmented matte-effect lipstick from Illamasqua is a real steal. It’s vivid, long-lasting and the perfect shade for Spring/Summer 2013.

2/Topshop Lips Velvet in Tease (£8)

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Affordable & cute

This sweet lipstick from Topshop would be perfect for a daytime Valentine’s date. I love these lipsticks – they aren’t too expensive and every shade is so pretty. It is moisturising and nourishing and has a matte finish. You could use this all year round for work and play and gloss it up with a clear lip glass for some extra zing.

3/Aerin Lipstick in Tulip (£24)

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Pretty in pink

Based on spring flowers, this signature lipstick from Aerin not only looks beautiful, but also has a subtle rose scent, making each application a sensory experience. The product epitomises Spring and is likely to be a big hit this season. I cannot tell you how much I want this one!

4/Lancôme Baume In Love Lipbalm in Sugar Rose (£20)

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Moisturising candy pink

I’ve had my eye on this translucent candy pink balm ever since it launched earlier this year. It has a comforting formula and is made with shea butter to moisturise the lips all year round.

5/Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet in Military Red (£22.50)

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Sultry red

This lipstick is stunning. From the packaging to the design of the lipstick itself (and the amazing sultry red colour), it really does tick all boxes. It’s a classic red lipstick inspired by ‘opulent English fabrics’ and is made to moisturise, hydrate and protect.

What lip colour will you be wearing this valentine’s day? xxx



Anti-valentines day beauty buys
February 5, 2013, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Perfume, Skin care | Tags: , , , ,

A little blackbird told me that not everyone likes Valentines day. That’s right, whereas for some the 14th of February is a day to cuddle up and buy too many roses, others just want to make it a regular day and/or throw several darts at pictures of their exes.

So, if you are an occasional dart thrower who is anti-valentines day, then this post is for you. Get rid of all those pink and red rosy florals and replace them with these beauty buys fit for a vixen. You know you can’t resist vampy lips and fierce eyes, so let’s start now…

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 1: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (Absolutely It)

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Very vampy!

I just love me some purple lips and this one is perfect as a standout look. It’s a lip liner but I reckon this would look great for all over definition. Prep with a lip balm, dab your lips to remove the shine and layer the colour on gradually. Blot it and do it again. Then you will be ready to tell valentines day where to go! It costs £14 for 1.2g.

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 2: Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub

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Minty fresh

Awaken your senses with this seriously minty body scrub from Elemis (£26, 150ml). With sea plant particles, devils apron seaweed and and peppermint essential oil, you will feel so revitalised that you will forget what day it is!

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 3: Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum

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Luscious ingredients in this classic Tom Ford scent

I LOVE TOM FORD. Just saying. The Black Orchid Eau De Parfum is rather expensive, costing between £48 and £95, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. The fragrance is a blend of black truffle, ylang, blackcurrant and bergamot. There is also a slight hint of vanilla to sweeten the deal.

What’s more, if you buy it with a Debenhams beauty card you can get lots of money off future beauty buys, which has really come in handy for me in the past.

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 4: Urban Decay Limited Edition Build Your Own Palette, OZ Theodora

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Wonderful wizardry…

I’ll admit it, I am a Glinda type of girl, but for those on an anti-valentines day mission the Urban Decay Theodora Palette (£35) is perfect. Mix the black and gold for a shimmery smoky look or go for double green and mix and match. Or scrap that and bust out red vixen lips :).

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 5: Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray

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Red hot glamour

Just because you don’t feel any love for valentines day doesn’t mean your hair should be neglected too. Protect it from the heat when styling with this glam iron heat spray (£9.29, 200ml).



New in from Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser
January 28, 2013, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Bath and body, Face, Lips, Make-up, Nails, Perfume, Skin care | Tags: , , , , , , ,

It’s about time I had a look at the new offerings from some of my favourite department stores for beauty – Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser. As usual, I wasn’t disappointed with what I found, especially when I realised Selfridges has some new exclusive additions to offer!

The most interesting exclusive was Rodial’s Bee Venom Moisturiser (£150 for 50ml). The first thing that came to mind was the price, as it is certainly way over what I would usually pay for a moisturiser, but I think this is more of a high-end anti-ageing skin care product, and so the cost could be justified in that respect. I love the bright yellow packaging and that the cream is infused with hyaluronic acid. Having said that, there are probably better products on the market for less, so it would be interesting to see how this one compares with the industry’s current ones to beat.

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The only thing related to bees that I would come close to!

Next on the list at Selfridges are the bold and beautiful new nail polishes from Bobbi Brown in Valentine Red and Valentine Pink. Both cost £11 and are completely gorgeous. Bobbi Brown has managed to get just the right tone of each colour for these beauties.

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Valentine’s day date no.1

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Valentine’s day date no.2

The final must-have product from Selfridges is the Dior Vernis nail polish in Tutu (£18 for 10ml). This shade is so cute and would be perfect in Spring. What I love about this shade is that it could be worn day and night and still look amazing with different outfits. A chic twist on the nude trend.

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SO god damn cute

At John Lewis, there is a new Philosophy Lip Shine in Cinammon Buns (£10 for 15ml). Anyone who loves cinammon swirls will be on this straight away, sticky fingers and all! I just love the smell and taste of cinammon and would love to try this. Plus the shade is great for a barely-there shimmer in the daytime. I love it.

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I’m licking my lips already!

How cute is this Catseye (£12.50, small; £17.50, larger size) make-up bag? It’s girly, I’ll give you that, but I think it’s adorable. Perfect for day-to-day storage and a weekend away.   

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One for the girly girls

Finally, at House of Fraser, I will start with this SUPER cute new facial cleansing oil from Shu Uemera (£56.50 for 450ml). It looks divine and I love the colours this brand uses on all its products. This one is a limited edition product and was designed by the company’s artists. A little pricey, but I’m not put off at all by that, as you get a lot of product for your money.

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Round trip to Japan, anyone?

Second on my wish list from House of Fraser is Molton Brown’s Rok Mint Antibacterial Handwash (£16), which sounds tres tres fresh. Infused with basil, blackcurrant and mint, this one looks to be a real treat.

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Blackcurrant, basil and mint make this handwash amazingly fresh and revitalising

Finally from House of Fraser is this Givenchy Vernis Please! Nail Polish in Private Grey (£13). I surprised myself with this one big time, as I would usually go for bright and bold colours, but this one was so smooth and sophisticated. Mocha to go, anyone?

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Mocha latte miracle

Have you bought anything lately from these stores? Let me know below!



Pay day = pretty things
January 27, 2013, 2:32 pm
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There comes a time when a girl has to step out of the blogosphere and explore the big wide world of beauty counters. Yep, pay day has arrived, and I couldn’t wait to share my new things with you. I am also waiting for some other products to be delivered, so watch out for those throughout the week.

The first stop on my list was Debenhams’ beauty hall. I had a quick look around and debated going to the Chanel, Dior and Clinique counters, but that all changed when I fixed my eyes on Guerlain’s display and saw the new Meteorites Perles. I must confess, I had never tried products from this brand before, but being a lover of all things beautiful, I love trying what’s new, and so made my way over to the advisor and had my entire face made over.

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Volume, curls and jet black drama

Purchase number one at Guerlain was the new Maxi Lash Mascara (£22), which focuses on creating volume and curls. I loved the gold packaging and the length of the brush. Each application works wonders to brighten the eyes and lovely curls can be seen on the top and bottom lashes. Will see how I get on with this one and report back!

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Love this gold packaging – it’s so classy

Of course, I couldn’t just buy one thing. Everyone who has been following my blog knows I have been on the hunt for a new foundation. Well, let me tell you, it was love at first sight when I tried Parure de Lumiere Cream Foundation (£38.50 for 30ml) in 02 Beige Claire. I loved that it was made for extra comfort. Originally, I thought the fluid version would be better, as it promised more coverage – however, on my skin, it looked too thin and dry for me. I just LOVE this foundation.

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In the box…

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Out of the box….

My next stop was Boots, where I rushed over to grab the new Rimmel London Apocalips (£5.99 for 5 ml). I just love colour of the Apocoliptic one. It reminds me of the height of spring and it would be amazing to have matching nails and blush with this. I just had to have one!

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This one is gonna start a beauty revolution!

My final purchase was an unexpected one, as I bought it after having a biosculpture gel manicure at my local beauty salon Utopia. After my manicure, the therapist used OPI’s Avojuice Skin Quencher in Ginger Lily to massage and moisturise my hands, and I just loved the smell and feel of it, so bought one in Cran & Berry to take home with me. I would definitely recommend this gorgeous hand cream for anyone who loves fruity fragrances. You can get the Ginger Lily one at Lena White for a reduced price of £7 here.

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Very berry

So that’s it for now, but I have plenty of new bits coming this week, along with reviews of some new samples I will be getting, so watch this space!



Etsy: homemade beauty heaven
January 24, 2013, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Nails, Skin care | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I’ve always admired Etsy for its quirky jewellery ranges and gifts, but I have never taken the time to look at its beauty offerings – until now. As soon as I browsed the beauty section, the inevitable happened; I clicked favourite on almost everything I saw, including products that I would never usually consider (like blue and green lipsticks?!).

Quite frankly, the things I found were just too amazing to keep to myself, and so I couldn’t wait to do my next blog post and share them with you. So here’s my top 10 favourite products so far. Let me know if you make any impromptu purchases – I probably will (on pay day of course!).

1/Rose Wood Make-Up Brushes, £19.44, MICUSTOMCRAFTS

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Little, large and lovely

I love a good make-up brush, so I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this gorgeous honduran rose wood pairing. They are a little pricy, but any good make-up brush will always be a bit more expensive than you would expect, and these two just ooze high quality and class.

Buy them here (includes shipping).

2/True Green Eyeshadow Natural Mineral Make-Up, £3.24, Lovemyskincosmetics

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Beautiful jade green mineral eyeshadow

Hazel eyes love green eyeshadows, especially those that are jade in tone, so I know this colour would be great for me. I already have a MAC pencil eyeliner in this foresty shade, but it would be good to alternate with the eyeshadow and possibly add a thin line of black liquid eyeliner to make my lashes pop. Great price for a natural product.

Buy it here

3/Hair Chalk (Temporary Colour Pastels), £2.59, Sharee Boutique 

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Great for a temporary style switch up!

I just love the rainbow tips hair trend that is around at the moment. Although I have brown hair, i think it makes blonde hair look fab and love the look, so I had to share it with you! If anyone know how these colours can look good on dark hair, I am all for a learning curve! Good price for a multi-use product and easy to wash out for those looking for a quick style fix! Buy it here.

4/Medusa Opaque Matte Lipstick, £4.53, Impulse Cosmetics

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Temptress, here I come

The first thing that struck me with this product is the finish of the colour and how good the matte effect was. I also loved that it was called Medusa as I thought it could bring out the siren in everyone. Very good price and the shop owner claims it is creamy and moisturising, which it would definitely need to be to maintain a matte effect. I reckon it’s worth a try, or two! Buy it here.

5/Indigo Blue Liquid Eyeliner, £5.51, MilkFancy

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WOW.

I’ve never tried a gel eyeliner before but I love the idea of choosing different colours to suit my mood and having the freedom to be a bit more creative. Having dark hair and hazel eyes, I can get away with using strong colours on my eyes and lips (not at the same time though, obv), and so this shade of blue is totally perfect. Buy it here.

6/Make-Up Bag in Ecru and Black Natural Coloured Weave, £16, Olganna

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Neutral and practical make-up bag

It took me a while to find this make-up bag as I had to skip through all the floral, black and bright-coloured ones, but then I came across this beautiful and practical everyday nude bag and I really love it. There are plenty of pockets for brushes and products and the price indicates it is made with quality fabrics. I definitely want this. Buy it here

7/Cinnamon Bun Sugar Scrub, £6.80, SunKidGifts

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yum yum yum

Don’t worry, you did read that right – CINNAMON BUN BODY SCRUB. I can smell and taste it already. Looks like brown sugar – I want it bad! Buy it here

8/Mini Dragonfly Glitter Nail Polish, £1.90, HitPolish

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Under the sea…

Completely love the mermaid look that is trending at the moment and using this nail polish is a quick way to join the party. Either lay a coat on top of a block colour or layer it for the ultimate deep blue sea experience. Fab price and worth a try. Buy it here

9/Coconut Cabana Whipped Sugar Scrub, £6.48, BungalowBathBody

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I’m taking mine to the beach, pronto!

This is summer all over and would be perfect to take away on holiday. It looks like pina colada ice cream and I bet it smells fantastic. I love a good sugar scrub. Buy it here

10/Moroccan Red Clay Facial Beauty Mask, £11.66, The Soap Opera Soaps

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Pure and simple spa-like goodness

There’s something about clay that will always woo beauty lovers. This product would be perfect for a home spa day and it packs an extra punch with the argan oil included. I’m really intrigued by this one – try it! Buy it here

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